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Poster: Rick Prelinger Date: Feb 10, 2004 6:14am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: broadcast licencing programs made with Prelinger materials

"The Corporation" did indeed use a lot of footage from the online archives. I haven't yet seen it, but Mark Achbar and several others from Vancouver who've used the collection took me out for a wonderful dinner last November as a way of saying thanks. I believe they may also have licensed material from Getty -- I don't know.

The way licensing works, from our point of view, is that anyone who is in a position to use footage they download in a new work can do ahead and do so. If someone wants a license agreement in which we make representations and warranties, and indemnify them as to their usage of our material, they have to go to Getty and pay. The same is true if they want access to a high-quality physical element, such as a DigiBeta. By this "two-tier" licensing system, my household's able to eat, and our archives can continue to grow.

I speak with people at Getty all the time about the online collection, and they don't seem to have a problem with it. One reason may be that our sales are up, and many commercial clients contact them asking to license something that they have seen online.